Melbourne’s most exciting new theatre – Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe – officially opens tonight.
Tonight’s opener is the hilarious comedy As You Like It, chosen because of its celebratory themes and broad appeal to the diverse audience attending the gala. Set in 1642, and with gorgeous costumes to match, this zany production – complete with human sheep, bone-crunching wrestling, live music and lyrical poetry – sets the scene for a season of Shakespeare like Melbourne has never seen before.
Over the coming months, there will be a play for all Shakespeare tastes – from the purists with Henry V through to the likes of Much Ado About Nothing, ideal for newbies wanting to enjoy the master playwright’s work as he intended it for the very first time. “There’s a play for everyone,” says artistic director and founder of Pop-up Globe, Dr Miles Gregory. [pullquote]We are excited to be celebrating the arrival of Pop-up Globe into the city that has truly embraced us. Thank you Melbourne. We love you.[/pullquote] From outrageous comedies through to epic war battles reminiscent of Game of Thrones, filled with blood, guts and special effects, this season of Shakespeare will appeal to all.
Purists and first-timers curious to be cast back in time 400 years to discover what all the fuss is about, will enjoy this extraordinary experience equally. Audiences can expect to see cannons, flaming arrows, hundreds of litres of fake blood, hand-forged armoury and over 450 beautiful bespoke period costumes pieces specially constructed by the Pop-up Globe in-house wardrobe department. Capped with an onion dome, Pop-up Globe has become a remarkable feature of the Melbourne cityscape, just as the second Globe was in London.
Others get a broader perspective of the importance of the second Globe Theatre by seeing the laugh out loud, specially commissioned, family friendly production of Around The Globe In 60 Minutes!
Dr Gregory says Shakespeare was THE master when it came to entertaining audiences of all demographics.
“From tradesmen to servants, from nasty hecklers to gangs of riffraff right through to the socially elite, Shakespeare knew how to connect with them all. He was the greatest observer of humanity ever. Come and find out for yourself.”
Here’s the breakdown of masterpieces being performed at Pop-up Globe. Decide for yourself but whatever you decide, make sure you don’t miss out.
As You Like It
An all-singing-and-dancing cast of fifteen bring you Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, As You Like It. Set in 1642, and with gorgeous costumes to match, this zany production by our all-male company – complete with human sheep, bone-crunching wrestling, live music and lyrical poetry – will have you crying with laughter.
Much Ado About Nothing
See the legendary Beatrice and Benedick as you’ve never seen them before in Shakespeare’s original ‘rom-com’, Much Ado About Nothing. You’ll laugh and cry from start to finish as they navigate their way to love in this hilarious production which turns Pop-up Globe into an uproarious house party.
Witness Shakespeare’s ultimate psychological thriller in Pop-up Globe’s production of Othello. Take a journey into the diseased mind of the noble Moor as he’s consumed by ‘the green-eyed monster’; jealousy. The twists and turns in this powerful and dark production will have you on the edge of your seat.
Shakespeare’s tribute to one of history’s greatest leaders comes alive like an action movie. Be part of the English army as the heroic King Henry takes on the French army at Agincourt in the face of impossible odds. No knowledge of history is necessary to enjoy this immersive theatrical experience complete with spectacular and blood-thirsty battle sequences, performed by sixteen men in full armour wielding broadswords, longbows, garottes, cross-bows, bagpipes and a frying pan.
Around The Globe In 60 Minutes!
Step into history and experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the story of the second Globe Theatre: from the fascinating story of its construction by Shakespeare and company after the catastrophic mid-performance fire of 1613 to its decline and fall as the bloody English Civil War started in 1642. Along the way, expect to meet outrageous characters from its history, and to laugh, shout and cheer as a cast of five actors share the extraordinary tale of one of the greatest theatres in history: the second Globe.
Check out the schedule here
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Check out our Snap Scene below:
Pop-up Globe comes to life after six astonishing weeks of construction. It will be a spectacle the likes of which Melbourne has not seen before.
Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history, Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, is ready for action … are you?
Among other things, we saw sword-wielding knights in full armour battle it out; fair maidens in beautiful gowns dancing a merry gig and even French counts in their Jacobean finery like its 1614.